|Born||June 1, 1967
Davison, Michigan, USA
|Genres||Food writing, narrative non-fiction|
|Notable work(s)||The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry: Love, Laughter and Tears at the World's Most Famous Cooking School|
Kathleen Flinn is an American writer and journalist best known for the 2007 New York Times bestseller, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry (Viking/Penguin). The book was the first to provide an in-depth look of attending and graduating from the famed Paris culinary school Le Cordon Bleu. The book has been translated into nine languages and sold in more than 48 countries worldwide.
Her second book, The Kitchen Counter Cooking School (Viking/Penguin, October 2011) chronicles a year-long project inspired by a supermarket encounter with a woman loading up on processed foods. Flinn used her culinary training to help nine novice cooks find their cooking confidence and in the process, reported on the state of home cooking in general. The book earned a 2012 ASJA Award for Best Book in the Non-Fiction Autobiography/Memoir category from the American Society of Journalists and Authors
In late 2012, Flinn announced she was at work on a third book, another culinary memoir. Tentatively titled, "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good," she describes the book as a multi-generational memoir of a culinary childhood growing up in her home state of Michigan. That book will also be published by Viking/Penguin. Outside of her book publishing career, Flinn's work has been featured in more than three dozen publications worldwide.
The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry
After losing her job, 36-year-old Flinn decided to cash in her savings to attend the famed culinary school, graduating with a diplome de cuisine in 2005. Throughout the book, Flinn intersperses dozens of recipes, accounts of her "wretchedly inadequate" French, stories of competitive classmates and the love story of her emerging relationship with her husband. Early in the book, she shares that she began dreaming of attending the famous cooking school while writing obituaries at The Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The Seattle Times referred to the book "a very personal memoir of transformation, as well as an insider's look at Le Cordon Bleu, the first of its kind." The book earned generally positive reviews on its debut and earned a spot on The New York Times bestseller list as well as being included on numerous "best of" lists for 2007 before being named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award in General Non-fiction in 2008. The film rights to the work were purchased by a television division of 20th Century Fox in 2008.
According to her bio, early in her career, Flinn worked numerous odd jobs, including stints as a magician's assistant, stand-up comedian, improv troupe member and singing telegram messenger. While studying journalism at Columbia College Chicago, she held internships at Adweek and Playboy magazines and worked as a "stringer" for the Chicago Sun-Times. Raised in both Michigan and Florida, she now divides her time between residences in Seattle and Anna Maria Island, Florida, with her husband, Michael Klozar. Flinn serves on the board of directors for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
- Seattle Sidewalk Restaurant Guide. 1997. ISBN 1-5706108-00.
- The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry. 2007. ISBN 0670018228., New York Times bestseller
- The Kitchen Counter Cooking School. 2011. ISBN 978-0670023004., winner, 2012 Book Award, American Society of Journalists & Authors
- Penguin author page
- NPR's Talk of the Nation: The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry
- The Kitchen Counter Cooking School
- American Society of Journalists & Authors
- Author Kathleen Flinn announces third book
- NPR: A talk with author Kathleen Flinn
- Seattle Times
- Cityfood Magazine
- Bio: Kathleen Flinn
- IACP official site.